Gender activists expect Chizuma to remain professional

Maggie Kathewere Banda

Gender rights activist in Malawi have urged Ombudsman Martha Chizuma who has been appointed by President Lazarus Chakwera as the Director General of Anti- Corruption Bureau to continue being  professional while handling her duties once she assumes office.

The remarks follow the appointment of Chizuma awaiting approval of Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament.

 In an interview with Executive Director for Women Legal Rights Resource Center (WORLEC) Maggie Kathewera Banda said Chizuma is an ambassador of women in Malawi and the public’s expectations are higher.

“Our expectation from her is that she should still work professionally as he has been doing when she was Ombudsman. She is like an ambassador of women in the country to show what women are capable of doing when they have been given such high positions,” she said.

Banda therefore commended the President for entrusting a woman with a great position.

“It is very commendable undertaking, this is what we have been saying and expecting that women are capable and should be entrusted such kind of high level positions.

“My plea is that government should support her with necessary resources to carry out her work,” she added.

Chizuma is expected to appear before PAC on May 11 which will make the final decision on whether or not she should get the job.

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Chizuma, 42, released reports into several investigations that she carried out as Ombudsman.

She becomes the first woman to hold the post as past ACB directors Reyneck Matemba, Lukas Kondowe, Rezine Mzikamanda, Gustav Kaliwo and Alexious Chiwaula have been men.